From Access to Belonging – On the ADA and the Muslim Special Needs and Disability Community’s Journey

President George H.W. Bush signing the American Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago.

This weekend I was honored to participate and speak at an event organized by the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition -- "From Access to Belonging: An Interfaith Service Celebrating the Progress and Promise of the ADA." It is part of several events happening in Washington D.C. and around the country to honor the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disability Act, a landmark piece of legislation. It's interesting that the ADA, which holds most of our public life accountable … [Read more...]

Book Review: “undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace

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My life had changed. My Christian daughter became a Muslim.And my life and every single thing about life just flat-out flew apart.So here I sit today, ten years after my daughter made her announcement, staring at my keyboard in my belabored home office -- which also is a wreck and needs decluttering and an overhaul. Still, even in this mess, I commit to speak truth about the biggest mountain in my life that has yet to move.I wish my daughter wasn’t a Muslim.Wrong to say? P … [Read more...]

Mommy, Can I Draw the Prophet Muhammad?

From Muslimgirl.net, Muslims protest against Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" contest by drawing  Muhammads they know (not the Prophet).

Wendy Thomas Russell over on the Patheos Atheist channel has a blog called Natural Wonderers, which is about "raising curious, compassionate kids in a secular family." She occasionally runs a series called "Mommy, What's that?" that is "aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts." She approached me and some of the bloggers at Patheos Muslim to take part in a round table discussion around this question that a child may ask: … [Read more...]

When Anti-Muslim Bigots and Muslim Extremists Follow the Same Playbook – on Pamela Geller and Garland, Tx

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Alia Salem, Executive Director at CAIR-Texas Dallas Fort Worth, knew it was going to be a very difficult, dangerous time for Muslims in her area and across Texas at large. With the Pamela Geller-sponsored “Draw the Prophet Muhammad” contest coming in Garland, TX, she decided to make a plea to her community to take the high road.So, on April 25, she posted this on Facebook: Please share this in every group and with every Muslim in DFW. I implore the community.I am calling on ALL com … [Read more...]

Ali Family Autism Truths #23 – What is God’s Truth in All This?

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April 23, 2015 -- Autism Awareness Month, Autism Truths #23It seems like we are always living waiting for the other shoe to drop. Even when things are relatively smooth and good, we wait, wondering when it will all fall apart.It's falling apart in front of my eyes.Something is distressing D right now, at the end of the day. Distressing him pretty badly. Something internal, perhaps something external, something I don't know how to fix. The shoe is dropping, and I can see that he is … [Read more...]

Turning the Focus Back on Deah, Yusor and Razan – What We Hold Onto

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Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. Surely we belong to God and to Him we return.Sometimes you need time to process a tragedy. Sometimes no time is enough time to find the words to articulate all that is tumbling in your mind. Sometimes there is nothing left to do but grieve, be angry, let go of the anger, pray and continue to work for understanding and change. Even when the latter seems so hard to achieve.Why? Why did Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha have to lose their … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of a Muslim Prisoner’s Beard

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You know, those darn Muslims. Making trouble when they should be quiet, asking for stuff they shouldn't be asking for - them and their creeping shariah! Ok, that is sarcasm, in case you didn't get it. I'm thinking that much more R-rated versions of what I just wrote is what some folks must be thinking today in wake of the Supreme Court's decision favor of Gregory Holt in Holt v. Hobbes (or officially Gregory Houston Holt, AKA Abdul Maalik Muhammad, petitioner v. Ray Hobbs, director, Arkansas … [Read more...]


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